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Annual Summer Movies on the Lawn to Present National Film Registry Selections

Release Date: 31 May 2023
2023 Summer Movies on the Lawn

Annual Summer Movies on the Lawn to Present National Film Registry Selections
Enjoy Live and Recorded Music on the Library’s Lawn Before Each Film

The Library of Congress will host its annual “Summer Movies on the Lawn” series starting July 6. The series featuring films from the Library’s National Film Registry will be presented Thursday evenings at sundown on the southeast lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. Music will be presented prior to each film, with live performances on July 6, July 20 and Aug. 3.

The scheduled films include:

July 6: “Iron Man” (2008) (2022 National Film Registry)
Enjoy a live performance from Batalá Washington, D.C.’s all-women Afro-Brazilian drumming troop at 7 p.m.

July 13: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971) (2014 National Film Registry)
Recorded music from the Mingus Dynasty Quintet’s performance Mingus @100 will be presented at 7 p.m.

July 20: “Shrek” (2001) (2020 National Film Registry)
Enjoy a live performance of Nen Daiko, a Japanese taiko ensemble, at 7 p.m.

**CANCELED DUE TO HEAT EMERGENCY** July 27: “Groundhog Day” (1993) (2006 National Film Registry) Recorded music from Banda Magda will be presented at 7 p.m.

Aug. 3: “Mary Poppins” (1964) (2013 National Film Registry)
Join Julissa Cruz from Latin Vintage and DJ Hercules for a live bachata class at 7 p.m.

Aug. 10: “Jaws” (1975) (2001 National Film Registry)
Recorded music from  Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Aymé Nuviola’s concert will be presented at 7 p.m.

Music for the evening will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the film at sundown. Located on the corner of 2nd Street SE and Independence Avenue, the southeast lawn of the Thomas Jefferson Building is a scenic space to enjoy films on Capitol Hill. No tickets are required, but visitors are encouraged to arrive early as space is limited. Visitors must stay with their items on the lawn at all times. 

Restrooms are available in the James Madison Building located at 101 Independence Ave SE. Please be advised, visitors must navigate U.S. Capitol Police security screening to enter the building to use the facilities. Restrooms in this building are fully accessible.

The series is part of the new Library after hours experience, Live at the Library. From 5 – 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings, visitors are invited to enjoy happy hour drinks and snacks available for purchase in the Great Hall overlooking the Capitol and the Thomas Jefferson Building’s beautiful architecture while immersing themselves in the Library’s exhibits, collections and programs. Free timed-entry passes for entrance to the Thomas Jefferson Building are required and can be reserved at Find additional event details at

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names to the National Film Registry 25 motion pictures that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant, showcasing the range and diversity of America’s film heritage to encourage support for its preservation. The films must be at least 10 years old. The Librarian makes the annual registry selections after conferring with members of the National Film Preservation Board and a cadre of Library specialists. Thousands of public nominations are also considered. More information about the National Film Registry can be found at

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